Gone Series by Michael Grant

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If you are into darker novels about 400 pages in length, the Gone Series is perfect for you. Over the six books, there’s death by murder, plague, starvation, and by accident. It’s a book of survival of the fittest, definitely one of my favorites by far.

The book consists of several main characters, mainly focusing on Sam, a teenager who lives with his mother. Sam and the rest of the kids in Perdido Beach, California find themselves alone as all adults in the area disappear before their eyes. Along with this mystery, a grey dome appears around the town, making escape not an option for the kids. Scared out of their minds, the kids must work together and survive many unnatural adventures that they only knew existed in science fiction movies. Many of the characters are revealed to have mutations that give them an upper hand in the strange world they live in. Nicknamed the “FAYZ” (Fallout Area Youth Zone), Perdido Beach sees friendships develop into intimate relationships, normal boys turn into monsters, and eventually, babies being born to darkness.

The Gone Series maintains an interesting plot that’s complex and mind-boggling at the same time. Grant intertwines all of his character’s destinies to make sure he keeps his audience on the edge of their seats. Likewise, Grant makes sure the reader understands his characters’ strengths and weaknesses. For example, Sam has one of biggest weapons in town in the palm of his hand (ironic if you read it), but he doesn’t want to lead the other kids. The action scenes in the series are suspenseful, intriguing, and ultimately, make the books so much better!

I recommend this book for anyone into more dark, somewhat violent books. Anyone who likes the ominous feel to this series would like Witch and Wizard by James Patterson and the Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

If you like to see the book trailer for the first book of the Gone Series , click this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf8B3FM1L8c

 

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